Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?”
Then I said “Here am I! Send me.“(Isaiah 6:8)
We’ve looked at what it means for Jesus Christ to be our Advocate (High Priest), now we’re gonna look at what it means for us to be His advocates. This is gonna be a wild ride, so let’s dive into what it means to be a prophet!
As He’s preaching, teaching and healing across Galilee, Jesus is moved with compassion for the crowds He’s coming across because they’re lost and weary, abused and neglected by their religious leaders. He tells His disciples to pray for more workers to be sent into the harvest since He’s just one person, and the harvest is so great! Afterwards, He calls twelve of His disciples together (you know, those twelve) and gives them power to heal all sicknesses and cast out demons, dubbing them apostles (“sent ones”). He commissions them to go and do everything they’ve witnessed Him doing, healing and proclaiming the Kingdom to the people of Israel. He tells them not to bring supplies for the journey, but to trust God and rely on the people who receive them. However, He warns them not to be naive about the danger of their ministry; He was sending them out to be emissaries of light in darkness, lambs among wolves.
Every time God calls someone to be a prophet in the Old Testament, it starts with something along the lines of “Go! For I am sending you to…”; a huge part of the prophetic calling involved being called and sent by the Lord (Jeremiah 1:7)(Jonah 1:2)! Being prophets in Christ means we’re sent out as laborers into the harvest by the Holy Spirit. In fact, Jesus Himself is the ultimate Prophet, God’s own Word sent by the Father into the world to bring the Gospel. It’s Christ who loves the world He created, chooses & empowers His laborers, and sends them out into the harvest! The initiative is His, not ours; He’s the Lord of the Harvest (Matthew 9:36-10:8). We may not be apostles in the same way the Twelve, Paul, and James were, but we are the “sent ones” of Christ, chosen and commissioned to go into all the world as His representatives (2 Cor. 5:20).
However, we are sent out as light in a dark world, sheep in the midst of ravenous predators. How do we live as exiles in a foreign land, like Israel in Babylon (Psalm 137)? We live wisely and innocently among our unbelieving neighbors! The apostle Paul says we have to make the most of our time in the world by following Jesus’ example as God’s blameless children in a sinful world (Philippians 2:14-15). But, that gets hard over time. How are we gonna sustain that kind of lifestyle? Our motivation for being faithful out here is the hope of our resurrection life; we’re all gonna stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ to be rewarded for how well we carried out our missions soon enough (2 Corinthians 5:1-10)! When things get hard on the mission field, we fix our eyes on the future we have with our glorious Savior, an eternity looking into the most beautiful Face we’ve ever seen.
- Like the OT prophets and NT apostles before us, we are sent out by the Lord as ambassadors for His Kingdom! We are light in a dark world, sheep among wolves, exiles living in a foreign land, so we walk with wisdom and innocence, looking forward to the hope of our true home, Heaven. We’ll be persecuted, mocked, spoken against, and perhaps even killed, but we’re not alone, the Son of God stands with us (2 Timothy 4:17-18). So take heart, don’t forget your mission, and go about your life preaching the Gospel and making disciples where He’s sent you!
Behold, I send you out as sheep among wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.(Matthew 10:16)